Current Hair Info

Current Relaxed Length: blunt Full SL
Current Curly Length: 1/2 inch all over
Current Stretched Curly Length: 1 inch all over
Last Relaxer Date: January 19, 2015
Next Relaxer: May 2015
Last Trim: February 21, 2015

Current Hair Length

Current Hair Length
February 21, 2015


Hair Goals 2015

Hair Goals:

Keep hair rodded for a month
Braid out for a month
Updo for a month
Sew in for a month
Braids for a month
Reach full APL
Graze BSL before 2016

Monday, July 16, 2012

Operation: OMI - Proper Shampoo Technique

Ok. I am going to be the first one to admit out loud, in the open, in public, on the internet, for everyone to see. I DID NOT KNOW THAT SHAMPOO WAS ONLY FOR YOUR SCALP. Call me special it you want, but I absolutely did not know this information. I was on a website about Black Hair Care Tips. A sentence read: Remember, Shampoo is for your scalp and conditioner is for your hair. I was like, hmm. Ok, let me learn more about what is really going on. After reading that, I really went back to the basics. I went and looked up the definition for SHAMPOO. Sure did. Of course it said something about how it is a hair product that rids the HAIR of dirt, oils and dandruff. and Then, it talked about how the job of shampoo is to clean the scalp without stripping the scalp's natural oil.

Of course, I had to see what were the bad things to stay away from when washing your hair. There were three things that stuck out: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, DEA and TEA. What in the so-so are these things and why are they so bad???

So, how about this chemical is said to be on the chopping block as a possible CARCINOGEN. Like, I said before, I was a biology major in college. Baby, that mean CANCER CAUSING!!! What is really going on? How in the world are we allowing ourselves to put this in our hair??? Before I really lose my mind, I am going to continue. Anywho, this ingredient is harsh, this is why if you use any shampoo containing this susbtance, why your eyes burns. Websites are warning us to stay away from this and the following ingredients:  ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium xylene sulfonate and TEA lauryl sulfate. Whether or not the cancer-causing theories are true or not, these ingredients are harsh. If all of these are combined in one product, what are we really looking at? I believe that I am more than convinced to read up more on my shampoos. I know that my ORS Clarifying Shampoo has all of these. And I really love this product. It is a really good shampoo. My scalp feels clean EVERYTIME I use. I am wondering do I need to cut this product out entirely or a small amount. Hmm. The bottle does direct one to use a small amount of the product. I don't know how many people out there who were like me, but when I use to shampoo, I had to have a handful of product to feel like I was getting the job done. I am considering doing any experiement, using my old shampoo versus an organic shampoo with little to none of these products in it. I am going to take this new information about how to proper shampoo hair and see what will happen.

I do not have an organic shampoo, but I have decided that I am going to purchase Hair One shampoo. It has no sulfates in it, so I am going to give that one a try whenever I get a chance to purchase it. Until then, the shampoo that I am going to ride with is going to be Suave Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo. I went out and bought this shampoo and applied my new washing technique.

Ok, so the first thing I did was rinse my entire head and scalp with water alone at the hottest temperature I could stand. By doing this, I was saturating my hair with natural moisture, riding my hair of the week worth of moisturizer and oils. Before I washed my hair, my hair had gotten quite greasy. After I finished with the water, my hair felt clean just from that. So, that was a plus. Next I got a large amount shampoo in my hands (about larger than a quarter) and tried my best to just apply it to my scalp. I rubbed and massaged my scalp good, only concentrating on the scalp and not the hair. I rinsed it out, making sure that I did not leave any product in and repeated using way less shampoo the second time. I rubbed, massaged and rinsed. My hair had that squeaky clean feeling: gift and curse, right. It felt very clean, but it was like it was stripped of everything. But, no worries. I followed up with my Suave Keratin Infused Conditioner for Color Treated and Frizzy Hair. I applied quite a bit of the conditioner to my hair. I let the conditioner set in with no heat for about ten minutes and rinsed with cool to cold water. THAT WAS IT!!! I could not tell you how great the experience was.

I feel like I have really learned alot with researching about the proper way to shampoo my hair.
I learned that I should use the hot water to open my pores and cold water to close them when shampooing and conditioning. I can really see the importance in it and the difference. I will continue to wash my hair this way.

I really wanted to stray away from shampoo, but that was probably due to the fact that I did not have this knowledge. I am so glad that I have decided to look into shampooing. I feel like I have really tackled an issue in my hair journey that will make alot difference time and time agin. So, I am going to stick to shampooing my hair, but I am going to read my labels a little closer to be aware of what I am putting into my hair.
Below, I put a link where I got my bad ingredients from if you want to read further. Also, in the next two posts, I am going to have the results of my research on proper leave-ins, proper flat ironning technique, length check plus photo, plans for future relaxer and hair vitamins. So, be on the look out for those. I have really put everything into these researches. They have really benefitted me, and I hope that I have at least helped alert anyone who was on a destructive path as I was. Well, that is all for this blog post. I will see you really soon!!!

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